*First things first: Coffee
So I made a little pact with myself that I'll let myself have some flavored coffee creamer ONLY if I get up and get in that extra morning workoutJ How's that for motivation?? J hahahahahaha
Morning Workout: 30 minutes dance/arm sets/squats/planks mix
When you want to work out and just don't feel like having anyone tell you what to do, just pop in some ear buds and dance like a lunatic for a half hourJ (just don't let the neighbors see yaJ) You'll break a good sweat, especially if you mix in some 'muscle moves,' plus who doesn't love the excuse to pretend they are Beyonce before 8am??J
9:00am: Breakfast- 2/3 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch with almond milk
Obsessing over servings sizes isn't a great idea, but busting out the measuring cups every once in a while is a good gauge of keeping your servings sizes honest. I always use this smaller bowl for cereal and try to only fill it up 3/4 of the way, but seeing that exactly 2/3 of this particular cereal was just short of half a bowl was a good reminder.
+ Apple Cider Vinegar shot with 2 tablespoons pineapple juice & 1/4 glass juice chaser
I added this to my morning routine, chugging it down right after breakfast. I'll probably keep forgetting to mention it, so unless I tell you about a change, just assume they're happeningJ OH! I should also mention that you should try to give your mouth a quick rinse with water after (and don't brush your teeth right away!) That helps from letting the acid sit on your teeth and weaken the enamel.
11:00am: Morning Snack- 4-5 Strawberries
I added a few extra to that bowl because I knew Katie was gonna wanna share...which she did, so I don't remember how many of those strawberries I actually managed to shake from her tight graspJ
1:00pm: Lunch- Salad with leftover turkey breast
If you want to eat for VOLUME, salad is the way to go. You can pack a TON of veggies, flavor it up with a tablespoon of balsamic (or dressing of your choice) add some protein and I feel like this takes awhile to plow through...which is just what you need sometimes.
3:30pm: Afternoon Snack- Coconut Mango Balls!
"Tone it Up" approved and OH SO DELICIOUS! These little babies are SUPER sweet from the dried fruit, but with the addition of protein, they also keep you full without having a sugar spike and subsequent crash. Oh yeah...plus they're phenomenal!
- 1 cup dried mango
- 1/2 cup cashews (or walnuts or almonds)
- 1/2 cup pitted whole dates
- 1 1/2 scoops protein powder (I used "ours" or you can use Perfect Fit or whatever you have)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (which I got at Target, oddly enough!)
- Pinch of sea salt
Roll the mix into 1/2-1 inch snack balls and roll in a little bit of extra coconut...
If Katie's opinion matters, she took one bite and said "MMMMMMMM! THAT'S GOOD!" (or maybe she was just proud that she helped make & shape themJ)
But Scott loved them too. Not to mention my heart soared with pride a bit when I told him the ingredients and he said "Oh, so they're like Larabars?" Yes, young kemosabe! They are indeedJ
ANYWAY...GO MAKE THEM SOON! You'll love em and they TOTALLY make for a great, healthy and more natural sweet tooth fix. (ps- Stick to a serving of 2-3)
5:30pm: Dinner- Spring Pappardelle with salad
After a week of barely any carbs, Momma was ready for some pasta-let me tell yaJ I'm gonna try to be more conscious of how many 'heavy carb' dinners I serve/have throughout the week, but I can't pretend I'm going to cut em out of my diet completely. And as much as I do like the "before 3pm" rule, a night of pasta one a week isn't gonna hurt nobodyJ (not to mention, I REFUSE to go through a Jersey summer without corn on the cob! Katie would disown me!J)
I just had a serving size, this one was actually 1 3/4 cup (per Cooking Light), but usually 1 cup of pasta in a single layer on these smaller plates is more than enough AND small enough that it can fit into any normal diet.
And, as always, I try to add a salad to any 'heavier dinner.' Not only does it add vitamins, but I think it also helps keep your portion of the 'decadence' in check. Instead of just polishing off 1 cup of pasta (a little too quickly), it gives you something else to focus on and move on from, instead of day dreaming of a second helpingJ
Evening Workout: Beginner's Power Yoga
So that wraps up Day 1 of "Back to normal" and I'd say it went pretty successful. Healthy choices of things I wanted, WITHOUT going overboard. CONSISTENCY with that and you are on the pathJ
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!